A-15-year-old pregnant girl at the Kwadwo-Addaekrom D/A Primary and Junior High School in the Asutifi North District of the newly created Ahafo Region has defied all odds and is bent on pursuing formal education.
Patricia Bangia, a JHS form three student said she has registered and was seriously preparing to write this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) scheduled for June 10, though she experiences strange feelings in her body due to her eight-month pregnancy.
She told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview at Kwadwo-Addaekrom, a cocoa growing community that her pregnancy is eight months old and she was expecting to deliver on June 18, but nothing could hinder her from writing the examination.
Miss Bangia said though the school environment was unfriendly to her, she took inspiration from the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, whom she watched on television and has decided to continue with her education.
She said it was her hope and aspiration to become a nurse in future and she was determined to achieve that, although the stigma she’s facing from her school mates and people in her community was very high.
Miss Bangia said because of the stigma and unfriendly condition at the school, other two final year girls who got pregnant have left the school.
She said she appreciated the encouragement from her parents and support from the teachers, which had motivated her to learn hard for the examination. GNA